On May 16, 2014 Royal Dutch Airlines KLM launched its biodiesel flights to Aruba and Bonaire. KLM is the leader in sustainable aviation and drives ambitious targets for 2020 under its “KLM Takes Care” strategy. KLM will fly between Amsterdam and the Caribbean islands on biofuel for the upcoming six months with an Airbus A330-200.
Flying with a lighter aircraft on the route to Aruba and Bonaire also helps with reducing CO2-emissions. KLM says: ‘This marks another step forward on the journey to more sustainable aviation, by reducing CO2 emissions and fuel consumption through enhanced engine performance and utilizing lighter, more efficient aircraft.’
At Aruba’s Reina Beatrix Airport Mike Eman, Prime Minister of Aruba, welcomed this special flight carrying Camiel Eurlings, President & CEO KLM, Jos Nijhuis, CEO Schiphol Group, Paul Riemens, CEO Dutch Airtraffic Control Organization LVNL and chair of Civil Aviation Navigation Services Organization CANSO, Johan van de Gronden, CEO of World Wildlife Fund Netherlands Office WWF-NL, Andrea Debbane, Head of Environmental Affairs Airbus Group, and Paul Verhoef, Head of Unit Renewable Energy Resources of the European Commission.
President & CEO of KLM Camiel Eurlings: “I am proud that once again KLM is demonstrating its pioneering role in the development and commercialization of sustainable aviation fuels, together with new partners the European Commission and Airbus. This new series of biofuel flights to Aruba and Bonaire follow the New York series of last year and the launch of the Bioport Holland collaboration for which we recently received a Sustainable Bio Award. This reaffirms why, together with Air France, we have been ranked the most sustainable airline Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for nine consecutive years.”
KLM and the Dutch government chose Aruba and Bonaire as the best destination for these flights because both islands have a high sustainability agenda, aiming to be carbon neutral by 2020. The European Commission and KLM will use this series to demonstrate the potential of biofuel for air travel and their contribution towards reducing the environmental impact of aviation.
The European Commission supports the Initiative Towards Sustainable Kerosene for Aviation (ITAKA) project through research grant funding, aimed at delivering technological breakthrough developments and the first time demonstration of the entire value chain for the production, distribution and use of aviation biofuel, thereby shortening the time to market for new and cleaner solutions. This will bring the commercialization of alternative energy sources for air travel ever closer.
Roundabout at the Aruba’s Reina Beatrix Airport displaying (from left to right) the flags of Aruba, the Netherlands, Royal Dutch Airlines KLM and the European Union.